Great Reads For Parents and Teens

good books, beach reads, books for teens, books for parents, reading, novels, fictionAugust is a fifteen year old girl who has lived in Maryland most of her life. She loves writing and music, her favorite subject is Science, and she’s a vegetarian. She wants to become a journalist and is working as hard as she can towards this goal.

Do you remember what you did after school when you were a teen? Did you come home and sit in front of a television for hours on end like much of today’s youth? Probably not. Maybe you did your homework and went for a bike ride or walk with a friend. Maybe you found something productive to do like writing a story or drawing a picture. Or maybe you just sat down and got lost in a good book.

 

Teens today don’t read as many books as they used to, not with so many other distractions such as video games, television, and other forms of instant entertainment via the internet. Reading a book challenges the mind like none of these things can and reading with your teen can make it a little more fun for them. Below is a list of great books that are entertaining for both teens and parents.

 

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

“My mind possessed the wisdoms of the ages, and there were no words adequate to describe them.” – Go Ask Alice

Written as diary, Go Ask Alice follows a fifteen-year-old girl in the late 1960’s and her journey from a normal privileged young lady and downwards starting with her first unintentional LSD trip at a party to her experimentation with marijuana and eventually running away from home. While this book does follow her journey on drugs it also shows her struggles, socially and physically, when attempting to go clean once again. A great read any teen is sure to enjoy and an interesting view inside the mind of an addicted teen for parents.

 

1984 by George Orwell

“WAR IS PEACE.

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.” – 1984

In the year 1984, Winston Smith is a member of the Party and a worker for the Ministry of Truth in the division that focuses on rewriting newspapers as Big Brother sees fit. He lives as any other brain washed member of the totalitarian/dystopian society, fearing the cameras, thought police, and always wary of the children. 1984 will truly immerse you in Winston’s world of fear and allow you to watch as he gains the consciousness and the cunningness to beat the system. Though it may be difficult to follow at times, 1984 proves to be an excellent and thought-provoking read, just be sure not to skip ahead.

Call of the Wild by Jack London

“He was beaten (he knew that); but he was not broken. He saw, once for all, that he stood no chance against a man with a club. He had learned the lesson, and in all his after life he never forgot it.” – Call of the Wild

Buck is a sturdy and well-built dog who lived in the lap of luxury and loyal to his master until he is kidnapped by a man who sells him to a dog trader where he is beaten repeatedly in attempts to teach him. When Buck is sent north to act as a sled dog in Klondike he must uncover his long forgotten instincts and learn to survive. Though it is a fairly short book, Jack London packs it with beauty, emotion, and adventure, it is sure to make you think.

 

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Apps For Teens

August is a fifteen year old girl who has lived in Maryland most of her life. She loves writing and music, her favorite subject is Science, and she’s a vegetarian. She wants to become a journalist and is working as hard as she can towards this goal.

 

teens, radical parenting, august corso, apps, smart phone, smartphone, iphone, android, cell phone, studying, portable, easy, reading, kindle, studyblue, phone games, organization apps, organizer, phone games, app market      Today, in the U.S., about 83% of adults own a cell phone of some sort and about 1/3 of cell phone owners has a smart phone. And what do smart phone owners love? Apps. App and smart phone use has grown in the past few years and it has created a huge market that is great for entrepreneurs and businesses. But not everyone thinks so highly of apps, especially those who do not have an app capable device, such as a smart phone or a tablet. They can be great tools for business, for organization, or just be something to keep you entertained if you can find the right ones.

One of my favorite apps for organization is one called myHomework that I downloaded for free from Android Market. It’s a very simple app that allows you to set your class schedule by time or by class block. You can then set your homework for however far in advance you know the assignments, set the priority level, class, and due date for each, and then you can see a full list of assignments organized by any of the previously listed factors. It is really a very easy to use app and I find it to be useful as many of my teachers distribute calendars listing all the upcoming assignments for the next month or semester. It is simple and makes keeping track of assignments very easy.

Another app that I find very useful as a student is one called STUDYBLUE Flashcards. This app allows you to create flashcards, either on your phone or on the computer, for vocabulary, science terms, or whatever your needs may be. I like this app mostly because you can create an account to link to your phone and make your flashcards easily on the computer then use the same deck to study on the go from your phone. From the computer, you can also add classes, find your school, and share decks with others.

Now, whether you own a smart phone or not, you probably know that the app market is filled with games, joke apps, and plenty of others that exist solely for entertainment. My phone of course has a few of these apps (Angry Birds, anyone?), but one app for entertainment I particularly love is the Amazon Kindle app. My parents and I love to read, so both my parents’ Kindles and my phone are all registered under one account making it cheap and easy to keep a shared library. The app and Amazon account are free, so all you pay for are the books, with many of them being free, including the entire Sherlock Holmes collection. I love the portability and that I can read anywhere, even without an internet connection as you select books to download to your device. This is also a nice app for school when many of the novels assigned are available for free or at least cheap on Kindle.

For me, apps are wonderful as they make my cell phone the only device I need, and it makes everything I have very portable. There are many other apps out on the markets, ones for everything from noisemakers to business organizers and personal assistants. I believe with apps there is something for everyone, you just need to look.

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Bridger by Megan Curd

Gema is a 20-year old from Miami, FL. Reads like a maniac. Writes for sanity. It’s a fine line and she loves erasing it.

Bridger by Megan Curd

YA, ebook, 309 pages

 

Emotional wounds still fresh from her father’s death, Ashlyn McVean discovers that faeries exist. Not just that, but that she herself is a Bridger – one of two in existence. Add that to a plethora of secrets slowly seeping out of her family, being stuck between a friend who wants to be more than just a friend, a boyfriend she can’t be completely honest with, and a best friend who may or may not be psycho, and you have Ashlyn McVean’s life.

What I love about Ashlyn is that she is your average girl. She has a brother she loves to tease, a mother who cares deeply, and a grandmother she doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with. She’s not the most popular girl in school but she’s not completely invisible either. She’s just a funny, video-game-loving, down-to-earth girl, and that’s what makes her so lovable and relatable.

The book’s settings, plural, are impressive. Moving characters half way around the world can be tricky if the story isn’t about traveling. Curd manages to split the story between Ireland and the US effortlessly, delivering both the feel of a vacation abroad and the drone of high school effortlessly.

Faeries. Irish boys. Ninja grannies (okay, not really, but you’ll see what I mean,) this book is an entertaining read from one page to the next. The only downside is that it is currently only available as an ebook. It’ll be available on paperback at the end of the month through Amazon. But until then, get with the times! Download Bridger by Megan Curd and enjoy!

Teens Reading Books?

Evangeline is a homeschooler from Malaysia. Her interests are reading, writing, Wikipedia, music and entertainment. She aspires to work in the media communications sector.

The reading culture among teens is dying out. I find it a sad thing since there is a wealth of literature available and our worldview can be greatly expanded just by reading.

Like it or not, parents have a major role to play in helping cultivate a good reading habit in their child’s life. By themselves, children will not form a good reading habit unless exposed to a reading environment. Instilling a love for reading early is also the key as it is always easier to teach a child when he is young.

Not only that, parents need to encourage their children to read good books. There is a lot of junk books in the market nowadays that will wrongly influence a child. A parent has to decide what a child can read and explain to the child why he can’t read certain books.

What if a parent wants to form a reading habit in a teen’s life? Despite its seeming difficulty, it is never impossible nor too late to do so. A teen can learn much from reading a wholesome book than from playing computer games or staying glued on the TV.

Incentives, as always, can be used to induce a teen to read. Use incentives as rewards each time your teen completes reading a book.

Another important thing to remember when getting your teen to read is always let them read books on topics they are interested in. Do they like adventure? Or maybe they like watching crime thrillers on TV.  There are many such genres like those in books. Do not start with books on topics they loathe. It will only serve to make them even more disinterested in reading.

Don’t rush your teen into reading. Give him enough reasonable time. The ultimate goal should not be getting your teen to read but rather instilling a love for reading in your teen. Knowing this difference will make a world of difference.

Winter Reads

Gema is an 19-year old from Miami, FL. She loves reading and writing young adult fiction and claims to pass out in the presence of sterile wit.

I love books. You can shout at them, stomp on them, or throw them against a wall, but they’ll wait patiently  for you to recover and continue the journey. Those are priceless journeys into the mind of another person and sometimes, into another world entirely.  Thousands of books are published every month. There’s always a new experience to look forward to.

Three new books that I’ve read in the past month are: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare and Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. (All three are recommended.) But three books is nothing. I have a long pile of books that I have to read but an even longer list of books I want to buy – some of them that have yet to be released. It’s a sickness, really, this hunger for words. If you have a teen – or are a teen – that has such a ravenous mind, I’ve compiled a list of upcoming young adult releases to help. It’s a microscopic list, compared to the vast amount of books coming out, but these are the ones I’m personally looking forward to. I’ve included the synopses – found the authors’ or publisher’s websites.

WINTER 2010/2011

Deadly Little Games: A Touch Novel by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Until three months ago, everything about sixteen-year-old Camelia’s life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at an art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia’s life becomes far from ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend’s accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She’s reluctant to believe he’s trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. Instead she’s inexplicably drawn to Ben…and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help – but can he be trusted? She knows he’s hiding something…but he’s not the only one with a secret.

Rosebush by Michele Jaffe

Instead of celebrating Memorial Day weekend on the Jersey Shore, Jane is in the hospital surrounded by teddy bears, trying to piece together what happened last night. One minute she was at a party, wearing fairy wings and cuddling with her boyfriend. The next, she was lying near-dead in a rosebush after a hit-and-run.

Everyone believes it was an accident, despite the phone threats Jane swears were real. But the truth is a thorny thing. As Jane’s boyfriend, friends, and admirers come to visit, more memories surface-not just from the party, but from deeper in her past . . . including the night her best friend Bonnie died.

With nearly everyone in her life a suspect now, Jane must unravel the mystery before her killer attacks again. Along the way, she’s forced to examine the consequences of her life choices in this compulsively readable thriller.

Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart

Ruby Oliver, the neurotic, hyperverbal heroine of the The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, and The Treasure Map of Boys, is back!

Ruby Oliver is in love. Or it would be love, if Noel, her real live boyfriend, would call her back. But Noel seems to have turned into a pod-robot lobotomy patient, and Ruby can’t figure out why.

Not only is her romantic life a shambles:

Her dad is eating nothing but Cheetos,

Her mother’s got a piglet head in the refrigerator,

Hutch has gone to Paris to play baguette air guitar,

Gideon shows up shirtless,

And the pygmy goat Robespierre is no help whatsoever.

Will Ruby ever control her panic attacks?

Will she ever understand boys?

Will she ever stop making lists?

(No to that last one.)

Roo has lost most of her friends. She’s lost her true love, more than once. She’s lost her grandmother, her job, her reputation, and possibly her mind. But she’s never lost her sense of humor. The Ruby Oliver books are the record of her survival.

Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman

17-year-old Shavonne has been in juvenile detention since the seventh grade. Mr Delpopolo is the first counselor to treat her as an equal, and he helps her get to the bottom of her self-destructive behavior, her guilt about past actions, and her fears about leaving the Center when she turns 18. Shavonne tells him the truth about her crack-addicted mother, the child she had (and gave up to foster care) at fifteen, and the secret shame she feels about what she did to her younger brother after her mother abandoned them. Meanwhile, Shavonne’s mentally unstable roommate Cinda makes a rash move, and Shavonne’s quick thinking saves her life—and gives her the opportunity to get out of the Center if she behaves well. But Shavonne’s faith is tested when her new roommate, mentally retarded and pregnant Mary, is targeted by a guard as a means to get revenge on Shavonne. As freedom begins to look more and more likely, Shavonne begins to believe that maybe she, like the goslings recently hatched on the Center’s property, could have a future somewhere else—and she begins to feel something like hope.

Entice by Carrie Jones

The next installment in Carrie Jones’s bestselling series

Zara and Nick are soul-mates – they’re meant to be together for ever. But that’s not quite how things have worked out. For starters, Nick is dead, and has been taken to Valhalla, a mystical resting place for warriors. If they can find the way there, Zara and her friends will try to get him back. But even if they do, Zara has turned pixie – and now she’s Astley’s queen!

Meanwhile, more teenagers go missing as a group of evil pixies devastates the town of Bedford. An all-out war seems imminent and Zara and her friends need all the warriors they can find . . .

All Just Glass by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Sarah Vida has given up everything for love. From a legendary family of vampire-hunting witches, Sarah was raised to never trust a vampire, to never let her guard down, and to avoid all tricky attachments of the heart. But now Sarah IS a vampire—changed by the boy she thought she loved. Her family has forsaken her, and Sarah herself is disgusted by her appetite for blood.

Aida Vida is Sarah’s older sister, the good, reliable sibling who always does her family proud. But when Aida’s mother insists that Sarah be found and killed, Aida is given the one assignment that she may not be able to carry out.

Taking place over just twenty-four hours, ALL JUST GLASS tells the story of a game-changing battle that will forever change the world of the Den of Shadows. And at its center is the story of two sisters who must choose between love and duty. Dark, fully-imagined, and hard to put down, ALL JUST GLASS will thrill Amelia’s fans—old and new.

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is.

Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.

She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very…different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.

Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

These are the books I’m excited to read. What about you? Any books you’re looking forward to reading? Any books you want to share with your friends? If you find a book you love, the best thing you can do is pass it along and compare experiences. Happy reading.

Current Teen Reading Trend

Evangeline is a 16-year old homeschooler from Malaysia. Her interests are reading, writing, Wikipedia, music and entertainment. She hopes to take Mass Communications and aspires to work in the media communications sector. She is thankful to her friends for helping her compile this list.

There have been many reports on the decline of reading among teens. Despite that, thankfully, the teen reading culture has not yet died out. One of the obvious current teen reading trends is reading books involving vampires. However, although that dominates the current teen reading scene, there are many other books that are popular among various groups of teens. The teen reading scene tends to be a quite stable one and I have compiled a list of six of what I believe to be in the current teen reading trend. Some are old books that have been around for quite some time (and are still popular!) while others are new books that are the ‘in’ thing to be read.

1. General popular book series

Let me start with books that are both popular and that are in the ‘ in’ trend with teenage boys and girls. Book series has always been popular with both sexes. Authors of book series have to create a mouth-watering first book and then it wouldn’ t take much to get the demand for a book continuation going. Walk past a bookshop during the book launch of a book in a popular series and you will see long queues of young people excited to be getting their copy of the book. Two very popular book series that sell like hot cakes among teens is
the Twilight and Harry Potter series. Ask any average teen to name book series that he has read and either one or both of these series will most likely be in the list. Another series that is also very popular among teens is the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Despite being around for over half a century, this series still continue to attract a sizable amount of readers, many of whom are teens.

2. M anga

Originating from Japan, manga is making huge waves in the United States and many other countries. It is mainly popular with young people and has helped spread Japanese culture in various forms everywhere. Manga can be bought at a cost-effective price and many readers have gone on to watching anime after reading manga.

3. Science-fiction

Star Wars. The name says it all. Written by various writers, new Star Wars books are continually in the market and don’ t even start thinking that Star Wars is just a fad. Another book series in this category that is very popular among teens is The Hunger Games trilogy. In addition to being top-rated among book readers, two books in this series were New York Times bestsellers.

4. Chick lit

Chick lit has always been popular among teenage girls and will continue to be popular among them. Books in this genre usually top the bestseller lists and it is easy to see why. Many times there is the romance element in chick lit books and girls like that.

5. Entertainment magazines

Entertainment magazines sell well among teenagers, especially teenage girls. Many times, these magazines come with freebies, contests, and giveaways. Posters of celebrities that come from these magazines and which adorn the room walls of teenagers are an example. Furthermore, like everyone else, teenagers also like “ juicy news” .

6. Old favorite classicsDespite thousands of new books being published yearly, the good ol’ classics will never die out. Books by Jane Austen are an example. Her popular book, Pride and Prejudice, is still widely read by readers worldwide, especially among teenage girls.
Other old books that are still around in the teenage reading list are Sherlock Holmes and books by Mark Twain, such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

What Are Teens Reading These Days?

Lauren is a 14-year-old from Coshocton, OH. She enjoys reading, watching chick-flicks, also writing books. When she grows up she wants to be a missionary to the U.S.

Some may say nothing, while others say everything. What is the truth?

Most teens today may be busy with texting, friends, boyfriends or girlfriends, or family. There is school and family time, while some are busy with friends. Do they have time to learn, read, or do homework? If you ask a teacher what the percent of completed homework is in their class, they would probably give you a low amount.

Teens mostly read magazines, texts and their grades. Are they getting the brain power that they need? Are they eating a healthy breakfast which allows them to comprehend what they are actually reading? Most teenage girls like to read about the latest fashion item or the newest outfit. While, on the other hand, guys like to read about sports, cars, and chicks. Is this the future of our teens? Parents need to take a stand and give their children an education from books. Anyone of any age can learn a great deal from books.

I think that teens should be reading a lot more because it makes their brains think better and harder. It makes it work well and gives the teen the chance to have a better imagination. So Parents, how do you get your teen to read more?

1.)  Buy them interesting magazines that have articles about things they like and then slowly build it up to a book.

2.)  Give them the chance to explore the possibilities of books. Take them to the library or a garage sale and find some books!

What are teens reading?

Aimee is from West Chester, PA, and she is 15 years old. She has a passion for figure skating, ballet and playing the piano. She loves challenges and aspires to be a lawyer when she is older.Listening and Reading by emma_yhn.

Contrary to what most adults believe, teens actually do read for fun. Personally I love to read, and will read anything that is put in front of me. A lot of my friends also adore reading. For this article, I asked my friends what books were their favorites and which books they would recommend to other teens.

One of the top books on my list and my friend’s lists is The Hunger Games. I found this book through a recommendation made on Stephenie Meyer’s website. The author of Twilight said that she simply could not put this book down. This made me really intrigued and I decided to read this book. When I started reading it I found that Stephenie Meyer was not exaggerating…  I simply couldn’t pull myself away from this book. The novel is about a seventeen-year-old girl named Katniss who courageously takes her sisters place to compete in the Hunger Games. The book takes place in the future — a time when the world is in a state of turmoil — and the Hunger Games is a competition instated by the government in which random participants are selected to compete in a fight to the death. The Hunger Games is full of action, courage, and a touch of romance. Every teen should be sure to pick up this book and give it a try. There is also a sequel called Catching Fire which is equally as suspenseful and awesome as The Hunger Games.

Another book that teens are reading is The City of Bones. My friend introduced this book to me because it is one of her favorites, and I soon found out why. Clary Fray is the fifteen-year-old girl who narrates this novel. In her story she unknowingly stumbles upon the world of her parents past, and discovers that nothing is as it seems. Clary learns about herself and her past as she is introduced to a new world by the many unlikely friends she meets along the way. This book is the first book in The Mortal Instruments Series, and once you have read book number one, you won’t be able to resist reading book two, The City of Ashes, and book three, The City of Glass.

Although I could go on listing books forever, I have to stop sometime, so here is one last book teen’s love: Witch and Wizard. This book was recently released in December 2009 and is currently on the Barnes and Noble Bestsellers List. I just finished reading this book and I really enjoyed it. This book by Robert Pattinson follows the story of Whit and Wisty, two siblings who wake up one morning with people from the government accusing them of possessing magical powers that they themselves know nothing about. Whit and Wisty are taken from their home and thrust in a world completely different from the one they have known. This book is full of surprises and is such a thrill ride to read.

The books above are just some of the many books that my friends and I love. There are so many more great books out there; teens just have to know where to look for them. I think teens should always be able to find a great book to dig into and be inspired by, and I hope this list will help some teenagers who have been having trouble finding a book that they really love.

Reading for Fun? What?!

Melissa is a 15 year old from Valley Stream, New York. I like to explore new places, fashion trends, and enjoy writing, which is my biggest passion.I'm not just a music freak. I can read too! by kirstiecat.

As much as I love going out with my friends on a Friday night, sometimes I just like to cuddle up on my sofa with a blanket and a good book, especially with these past snow days in New York. Right now, Nicholas Sparks has become a popular author on my reading list. I am currently reading A Walk to Remember, and I have The Notebook next on my list. My other girlfriends have taken a cue from me and have decided to pick up Spark’s 2006 novel Dear John, since the movie has just hit theaters.

In a technological advanced era where there is a computer in every American household, and an i-Pod on every teen’s fingertips, it’s hard to imagine any teen settling down with a good book. However, according to a survey conducted by Smartgirl.com, 55 percent of teens said they liked to read for pleasure. I find that a remarkable piece of information, since teens are more concerned with their social lives than with reading. However, it is fun to dive into the life of a character in a book. It feels as if you are going through the same situations, and imaging the same thoughts as the characters.

As most of America already knows, Stephanie Meyer’s acclaimed Twilight Saga, has captured the hearts of many teen girls with her delicious description of protagonist Edward Cullen. Many teenage girls have picked sides, either opting to join Team Jacob, or Team Edward. From what I have seen, after finishing reading the first book, teenage girls immediately ask a friend or quickly rush to the library to obtain the next book in the series. Being a Twilight reader myself, I definitely recommend this series to any teenage girl out there. At first, I was hesitant because I thought the book was all about vampires, but once I picked it up, in all honesty, I could not put it down.

Other teens opt to read a little something different than the norm. Many teens, both girls and boys are deciding to read a bit of classic literature on their downtime.  1984 by George Orwell has been a popular book choice for many teens that I have come across in school.  In addition, The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Wuthering Heights, written by Emily Bronte, all have made comebacks. While the language in some classic novels can take a little time to decipher, it is worth the read. It is amazing to see that the universal themes of love and lust present in today’s modern literature existed in past centuries as well. Returning to popular culture, some of the most read hit teen series’ today are The Clique by Lisi Harrison and Pretty Little Liars, written by Sarah Shepard. Carolyn Mackler just published her fifth novel Tangled, which I hear is very intriguing. Ibi Kaslik’s novel Skinny has also been recommended to me by numerous friends. In addition, Meg Cabot’s novels are always enticing to teen girls. As for teenage boys, novels such as Holes by Louis Sachar are still a popular read, and The Alchemist by Paul Coelho has been inspirational.

Reading should not be something you do only for school. While “Reading for Fun,” sounds lame, it will help enhance vocabulary skills, which will potentially help many teens on the Writing and Critical Reading portion of their SAT. Also, books are a great conversation starter.  If you see someone really good looking in the library, reading away, approach them with a book you have read and ask if they have read it as well or something in that manner. Furthermore, it is always fun to step out of your element and live the life of a new character in a new book each time.

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5 Reasons You Should Read During Your Summer Break [Teen Article]

Cathy is a 17 year-old from Seatac, WA. She spends her time watching reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, reflecting, and listening to various types of music as she’s writing her thoughts away. She hopes to live through her passions.


The last thing you want to do is read. You have just gotten out of school and all you want to do is grow your roots into the couch and hibernate your mind until September. But picking up a book isn’t such a bad idea. Here are some reasons for you to pick up that book.

SAT Prep- For many of you rising seniors or juniors,you will soon be taking the SAT’s. By reading challenging texts you enhance your vocabulary. This will undoubtedly help with the vocabulary section in the SAT’s.

Enjoy- People forget that reading can be enjoyable. Especially with all of the boring texts teachers throw at you. I know that I rarely have time during the school year to read for leisure which is something that I love to do. Now that summer is here I have a nice little pile of books waiting at my bedside for me to dig into.

Wind Down- This summer you are probably planning on spending your time at the beach playing volley ball, swimming, or doing other physical activities. That is all good and fun but you need to have some wind down time. And I don’t mean sitting on the couch watching TV. Let your body rest and your mind wander. Explore a different world and get lost.

Improve Writing Skills- So maybe you don’t feel like picking up you pen for a long while. But by reading you are still helping out your writing. You get familiar with the different writing styles and the conventions of writing. There is so much great literature out there that you will begin to get familiar with what great writing looks like.

Keep up Literacy- When I was younger I was able to devour books. I would read two a day. Now I am lucky if I can finish one a year. I just can’t read as fast as I could and sometimes I have to read a text more than once before I actually grasp what it is saying. Keep reading. Otherwise you will end up like me.

So yeah, I know it sucks. But it won’t kill you if you read a book this summer maybe two. You can only benefit.